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13-Jun-2012, 11:34 PM #1
PC Won't Boot - 5 Beeps
Yesterday I bought 4 GB of RAM (2x2 GB) and tried installing it. Originally when I tried starting my computer, I just got these beeps emanating from it (http://tinypic.com/player.php?v=24v4bae&s=6). I tried reseating the RAM and it booted up normally. Immediately after getting that taken care of, I installed Windows 7 and everything continued working as I would hope. After getting all my files transferred and whatnot, I reset my motherboard's BIOS by removing and replacing its battery (OCD ritualistic thing I do with every upgrade/change in hardware) and suddenly the same beeps were back when I tried to boot again. I get the beeps you hear in the video as well as my fan whirring much faster than it does regularly. My computer manages to reach the screen where it prompts me to access BIOS settings or boot settings, but attempts at reaching either are impossible, as it remains frozen at that screen. I've tried reseating the RAM in every possible configuration and it's led me nowhere. I'm pretty desperate at this point so any advise would be greatly appreciated.
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14-Jun-2012, 01:32 AM #2
Have you tried using only one card of ram, and tried that card in every slot, then try the other card in every slot
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14-Jun-2012, 01:33 AM #3
I've tried every card in every slot. Whenever I don't have a card in the first slot, however, it gives me three beeps. It also does this when I have no RAM inserted whatsoever.
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14-Jun-2012, 01:37 AM #4
Hmmm, have your tried you old ram?
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14-Jun-2012, 01:40 AM #5
And what brand computer is this, or is it a custom build?
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14-Jun-2012, 01:42 AM #6
I've tried my old RAM as well, but I keep getting the same beeping. It was originally a pre-built Gateway, but since I got it I've replaced the GPU, PSU, case, and now the RAM.
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14-Jun-2012, 01:45 AM #7
What is the motherboard model and brand? or the model of the original gateway
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14-Jun-2012, 01:46 AM #8
Motherboard's an Intel. Model no. DG33SXG2
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14-Jun-2012, 01:46 AM #9
Thanks, one second here
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14-Jun-2012, 01:49 AM #10
Well, this is sad. The 3 beeps means that the motherboard failed to process the first 64kb of ram, basically there is no RAM. The 5 mean a CPU failure look at this link. Have you done anything to the CPU at all?
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14-Jun-2012, 01:51 AM #11
Haven't ever touched the thing.
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14-Jun-2012, 01:52 AM #12
Ok, does it POST or not? (gateway logo)
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14-Jun-2012, 02:01 AM #13
It shows the Gateway Logo along with "[F2] Bios Settings" and "[F10] Boot Settings." Pressing either key does nothing, however.
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14-Jun-2012, 02:03 AM #14
ok, the cpu is working then. otherwise you wouldn't see that. Does the computer you are on now burn disks and do you have a blank cd?
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14-Jun-2012, 02:04 AM #15
Yes and yes.
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